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"Maslow, and Freud and _____X____ ?". I would like help filling in the blank. Understanding the composition of one's self

EDIT: By choice of phrasing of question, I did not mean to convey awareness and endorsement of all works of Maslow and Freud, and I most certainly do not have such awareness, and so cannot/do not ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

Well, I want to told you a thought of mine. I did a thought experiment (last week) and imagined my self to go five years ago and be trapped into the past-self ,but keep in mind that my brain will ...
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Roughly when did humans become attentive to their own look for external gratification

I read that there are objects that were used as mirrors dating back to 8000BCE. If so, it’s clear that humans needed a quality view of themselves at the very least to see what they looked like. Is ...
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Is there some formal system of "first-person logic"?

The SEP article on indexicals mentions a lot of the seemingly logical complications that arise in connection with them. Indexicals are also comparable to variables and hence objects of schematism, so ...
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Instant Gratification and Self-Sabotage [closed]

I notice that I often engage in activities that provide instant gratification and not do the work I am supposed to do. (I need to learn to delay gratification) I also fall prey to obsessive ...
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Is there any way for me to know if I exist, as such, do I exist?

Is there any way for me to truly know I exist? I mean, I think I exist, but I recently came across skepticism, which says to doubt everything, even one's own existence, so now I don't know if I exist. ...
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Can an intellect judge itself?

Suppose you want to measure the length of something, e.g. the length of a kitchen table. It's not an easy task, but luckily you have a meter stick on hand! So you take your meter stick and make your ...
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Distinction between two types of self

Teleporting persons and multiple "you's" are discussed in serious thought experiments in physics and philosophy. I feel like most of the time these scenarios come up, I would not make the ...
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Does Kant's concept of 'representations' advocate for any agency as a function of the mind?

Kant never seems to define his usage of the concept of 'representations'. Nevertheless it appears to play a central role in his depiction of the mind's cognitive capability. When he says that 'that ...
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Can we create a paradox of self-consciousness?

On the theme of Russell's paradox: Does the set of all sets that do not contain themselves contain itself? And the Barber's paradox: Does a barber who shaves all men who do not shave themselves ...
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Is willful ignorance ethically acceptable? [closed]

Disclaimer: This is an open/opinion based question. Coming from StackOverflow something like this isn't looked fondly upon but I hope it's more commonly accepted practice over here. Also I am not a ...
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What is horizontal attentional displacement? [closed]

I recently came across this article https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjop.12399 an excerpt from it says Furthermore, other concepts were also shown to rely on horizontal ...
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If we had a hive mind, could we discover it?

Question prompted by @jobermark answer to my question: Are there many minds or is there only one? The idea that 'greater-that-the-sum-of-its-parts' minds (functional decision capable entities) exist ...
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Why does Descartes think that we know our mind better than we know our body?

According to Descartes we know our own mind better than we know bodies. Why does he think so? How can this view be criticized?
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Was active ignorance the genesis of self awareness?

In other words, is an organism's ability to ignore some of the sensory input it receives from the outside world the first requirement in defining self from other?
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Conundrum of the self?

I've been thinking about this topic in relation to artificial consciousness. Specifically self-awareness. (I can define terms precisely if requested, but usually prefer to be as general as possible:)...
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Classifications of life purposes

Can all life purposes be classified as a mixture of some of the following four areas? Hedonism Making an impact in your physical reality Fulfilling the plan/desire of some supernatural entity (or ...
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Can we trust our own cognition? [closed]

How can I know the things my brain interpret are real? How can I know cognition doesn't filter information out? How can I know that everything I believe is not projection or mirroring of what I am?
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Who are the leading thinkers, both past and present, on the subject of self-deception?

I'm interested more in the philosophical perspective, rather than the evolutionary aspect like Robert Trivers presents.
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Is There a Paradox of Self-Observation?

Many philosophies and religions teach self-observation. For instance... The Oracle at Delphi told Socrates to "Know Thyself". Yoga teaches people to discover their true selves. On the surface, self-...
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What is the philosophical definition of a person? [closed]

What defines us as people? as individuals? Names? I don't really think so, I mean even if I change my name, I'm still the same person. Memories? so if I lose my memory, then I'll become another ...
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What is the best philosophical expression for the "mutual containment" of mind and body?

The old "ouroboros" of mind and body reappears in various forms. Basically, the world is formed within consciousness; consciousness is formed within the brain; the brain is formed within the world. ...
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How to find a purpose at life [closed]

Just watched the How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu He talks about 3 questions. Who you are ?(%90) What do you love to do "X" ? (%80) Who do you do "X" for ? ( ...
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Can you exist in two places at once?

One idea in H+ is that a person's consciousness can be digitized to outlive its human body. I think the assumption is that everything that you consciously are is just the emergent configuration of ...
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Moral Implications of Consensual Sex of Dementia Sufferers

I'd like to ask a question that has to do with consent. Do you believe that those suffering from dementia are able to fully give consent to sex? Would it be unethical if one were having sex with a ...
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What is the concept of knowing one's own abilities?

For example, I know that I am strong enough to pick up a feather, but that I am unable to lift up a car. I'm unsure if this is self-awareness, because it does not cover the conscious knowledge of ...
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About models of Human Cognition

Are there any models of Human Cognition that do not require some physicallist concepts? Maybe a model of the Mind-brain system as a self-sustaining self-controlling 'behavioural-algorithm' processing ...
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How is thought, which has become the means of self-expansion, to act without giving sustenance to the ego, the cause of conflict and sorrow?

Is this not an important question? Do not let me make it important to you. Is this not a vital question to each one? If it is, must we not find the true answer? We are nourishing the ego in many ways, ...
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Concerning A.I. and Robots - Can they reach sentience and consciousness?

If a robot had a cognitive system in its 'head' that can pass the Turing Test and its AI abilities where self-sustaining (and it can reprogram any part of 'itself' without causing self-sabotage) how ...
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Regarding the Halting problem and the human mind

The Halting problem (I think) is the problem of trying to find a general algorithm for determining if a specific program will halt within a computer system. It's been shown a general procedure for ...
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is knowledge an impediment for seeing things the way they are? is silent observation the true instrument of comprehension? [closed]

when we are in a state of not knowing there is much more sensitivity, choiceless awareness, impartial observation, it seems to me.its knowledge the cloud of belief, conclusions preventing the true ...
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What is the difference between intension and intention?

What is the difference between intention and intension? If one intends to do something is this intent part of the concept of intension?
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Are the Sims self aware?

According to Professor Nick Bostrom of Oxford University: ...at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” ...
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Can the self exist instantaneously/without time?

Certainly your past experiences will affect how you perceive the world, process events, think about things, and behave but do you think the high level thinking required for the conception of self ...
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Books/Pieces/Essays about self-worth? [closed]

I'm interested in reading some good books/pieces/essays about self-worth (ultimate meaning of life, learning, working, etc). It's hard to precisely define the topic, but anything you think is ...
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Why aren't pure apperception and empirical apperception structurally identical, even though they are functionally identical in Kant's Anthropology?

I can't be the only one who finds this strange. Section 7 of Anthropology from a Pragmatic Perspective, entitled "On Sensibility in contrast to understanding", reads as follows: In regard ...
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